I once read a pretty cool saying that has stuck with me ever since – “The only thing that should be constant in life is change!”
Life is constantly evolving and the social media revolution has changed the way we live forever. The world has become faster and smaller - we poke random strangers on Facebook and unfriend those who we don’t like, we know what our celeb crushes are eating, buying or doing on their Instagram profiles, we share our opinions with the world on Twitter, have job interviews on skype, twerk on the dance floor, take selfies galore and look for jobs on LinkedIn.
Anything and everything around us is always evolving, including us. From the way we dress to the way we eat to the way we speak – nothing remains undisturbed. Hashtags, acronyms and text speak seem to be the norm these days – we either are becoming too busy to speak and write in full sentences or just plain lazy. It makes me wonder what our world will be like in the not so near future. Will we go back to how our predecessor (ape people) communicated by barely making a few sounds and writing in short hand or communicating in pictures? Or will we do a 180 and start using humongous words that span the length of a ruler and make our eyes and minds dizzy?
I am completely fascinated with all this mumbo jumbo shortening of language that is currently the trend. It’s a fun and quirky alternative to the ordinary and it is because of this that I thought why not tie it in with my home décor products. I mean if the Oxford English Dictionary included selfie, hashtag and YOLO in their most recent editions, then surely there must be people out there who want to express themselves in as few words as possible. If that’s you then make sure you shop the Street Lingo collection here and mix and match slogans and start your own conversation at home.
The most popular acronym is YOLO which is an abbreviation for: You Only Live Once. The urban dictionary puts it quite well: “The dumbass's excuse for something stupid that they did. Also one of the most annoying abbreviations ever!”
The second abbreviation I chose is FOMO or the Fear Of Missing Out. The fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something amazing. A form of social anxiety or a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often aroused by posts seen on social media websites.
To offset this I chose JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out). Unlike FOMO, this is for the people who enjoy what they’re doing in the here and now as opposed to living on social media broadcasts and seeing what everybody else is doing.
You Only Die Once or YODO just made me lol (see I just cannot help myself) as it mimics pathetic teenagers that think they're so original saying "yolo when doing some silly, dangerous or an illegal act.
Some people like change, others don’t. You will always have the lovers and you will always have the haters (in this case the haters are mainly English teachers and parents who don’t understand the lingo to fully appreciate it). Whichever side of the fence you sit on – the fact remains that this is the way we communicate, period. So embrace it in its glory and GWTF (Go With The Flow).